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Precious Remedies 5 - by Michael Phillips
Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices - Part 5 of 30
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2 Corinthians 2:11b
Jan 01, 1988 pm - Tonight, we continue our study of Thomas Brooks great work, Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices. Brooks was a Puritan pastor who wrote this book to help us see through the clever workings of the devil. So far, we've looked at four of Satan's devices: concealment, false advertising, making sin seem small, and abusing the Bible. Now we take up a fifth: Satan will make you believe repentance is an easy thing. He reasons like this: "Why struggle with temptation? Give in to it now, repent later, and you can have both the pleasure of sin and the joy of forgiveness". It sounds like a pretty good deal--if repentance is a quick, easy, and painless thing. But is it? It is not. Thomas Brooks offers several remedies for this diseased thinking. The first is "Consider that repentance is a mighty work, a difficult work, a work that is above our power". Satan argues "Repentance is an easy work". We shouldn't counter by saying, "No it's a hard work", for, in fact, repentance is an impossible work for us apart from God's grace in Jesus Christ. If repentance is such an easy work, why does our Lord say, "Without Me, you can do nothing?" (John 15:5) It must be because repentance is not so easy. ... More >>>

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